Target Cafe: Now With Nutrition Information

by Leighann on February 18, 2010

I typically shop at Target and Q is often with me. I learned early in my motherhood years that if you stop at the cafe and purchase a bag of popcorn, you can keep the kids occupied and shopping is a bit easier.

Diabetes kind of threw a wrench in this M.O. especially in the early days when we were on MDI and a snack outside of our normal routine meant another injection. Now on the insulin pump I can bolus for it on the fly easy peasy.

Q loves to eat at the Target Cafe for dinner. If I mention that we have errands to do after dance or gymnastics, she asks if we can eat at Target. It’s a win-win situation!

But in the past I’ve had problems getting nutritional information from them. Sometimes the person behind the desk could find some info for me, but most of the time they could not. Sometimes they would call a manager over and the manager would actually arrive before we finished eating and I would tell them how important it was to have this information available. Most times the counter worker would tell me that they would pass the info along.

On the rare occasion the worker would produce a copied sheet with teeny tiny numbers of some of their food items. Better than nothing.

And what made it worse was that Target, being a major corporation, didn’t even have the information available on their website!

But recently our Target cafe did a little rearranging in the soda, napkin, and condiment area. And what should appear but a stack of nutritional guides. Wahoo! And I’m happy to say that they have been fully stocked each and every time we’ve visited since, FTW!

(I still think it’s incredibly lame that they don’t have it on their website. And now they have a mobile app and it would be nice to have it there as well.)

I think more businesses who serve food should take on the responsibility of providing this information for patrons. Is it really that difficult? Especially for chains that serve the same menu items day in and day out.

Target Nutrition Guide

Further Reading

All Things Food: Dining Out: Target Cafe (Values from that copied sheet of paper I mentioned.)

Were My Estimates on Target? (The first time we found some nutrition info.)

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1 Jen December 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

Super lame that they don’t have it online. I’ve been googling to try to find out if their nachos include wheat. I’ll have to check for these brochures next time I’m there.

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2 Leighann December 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I have an updated post about Target’s cafe coming in January. I have updated info.

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3 Liz January 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Can you post a copy of what it says in your nutritional guide? I just looked at my target and asked the cashier, but he seemed to think I had 2 heads. I am really wondering if their popcorn is like movie theater popcorn and contains gluten?

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4 Leighann January 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Here it is. But I don’t think it has gluten info. Did you ask them for an allergy brochure? Ask for the manager next time. I kept asking the manager every single time and telling them it was unacceptable not to have it. At one point they had a sheet from a binder, but now they have brochures. http://www.d-mom.com/all-things-food/dining-out/target-cafe/

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5 Liz January 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

Thanks! I usually have the kids with me and don’t have time to wait and wait and wait for the manager to come over. Hopefully soon, I can get there by myself. Will definitely ask about the allergy information instead of the nutritional facts. Thanks for your quick reply :)

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6 Jen January 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Thanks Leighann. I am new to the gluten allergy but am getting better about not being afraid to ask for an allergy list. I will ask next time at Target. Wendy’s has a really comprehensive nutrition and allergy guide posted on the wall. Dairy Queen has nutrition on the wall and allergy on a sheet behind the counter.

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7 Liz January 3, 2012 at 7:19 am

Wendy’s is a great choice, I get a baked potato and chili and have never had any issues. Also chick-fil-a is great place to eat if you are gluten free. Their fries are gluten free, they have designated fryers and they are delicious!

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